A depiction of Paul arrested in Jerusalem.‘Civis Romanus Sum’ by Alex Rubstein The Society January 14, 2022 Beauty, Culture, High School Submissions, Poetry 8 Comments . Civis Romanus Sum (I am a Roman citizen) As Paul stood bound and for the whip outstretched, He said to the centurion beside, “‘Tis lawful here for you to flog a wretch, A Roman citizen and not yet tried?” The mere centurion on hearing went And to the tribune swiftly said, “Take heed! What art thou ’bout to do? What foul intent! This man, a Roman citizen, doth plead!” Ere Rome’s decline, one treasure, civitas, The whip could stay, all civil rights obtain, And fill Paul’s captors with such grave distress For having put a citizen in chains. To reap respect, and envy, civil bloom, One merely said, Civis Romanus sum. . . Alex Rubstein is a grade 12 student homeschooled in Canton Aargau, Switzerland. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 8 Responses VICKI RAE MINER January 14, 2022 Beautiful! Reply Margaret Coats January 14, 2022 Fine English sonnet on the simple treasure of citizenship. Reply Anna J Arredondo January 14, 2022 Nicely done, Alex. I particularly like the rhyming of English with words of another language, as you’ve done twice in your sonnet. Reply Scott Postma January 14, 2022 Nice work! The essence of Romanitas! Reply Molly January 15, 2022 Artfully crafted; succinct and poignant. Reply Paul Freeman January 15, 2022 A fine sonnet with a fine message. Thanks for the read, Alex. Reply John E. Norvell February 1, 2022 Congratulations Alex! Well done!! Reply Tamara Beryl Latham February 4, 2022 Words of wisdom from Paul that saved him from an immediate lashing and poetic words from you, Alex, that force the reader to contemplate Paul’s genius and his specific knowledge of Roman law. Great poem. 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.